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Smiths Wood man jailed after damaging parents' front door and driving off with their car

A Smith's Wood man who kicked in his parents’ front door before driving off in their car without insurance or a licence has been put behind bars.

A Smith's Wood man who kicked in his parents’ front door before driving off in their car without insurance or a licence has been put behind bars.

Ashley Reece, of Alvis Walk, drove away in the family car on September 5, after causing £1,000 worth of damage following a disagreement with his mum and dad, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, criminal damage and driving a car without insurance or a licence.

Prosecuting at court on Monday, John Bartlett said: “He took the keys to the family car and drove off. Before he did that, he kicked the door, so much so that it came away from its frame.

“The police were called and the defendant was seen driving the car. There was a short foot chase and he was [detained].”

Reece, who was not represented in court, apologised for his actions.

“I’m guilty for taking the car and kicking the door. What else can I say? I’m sorry.

“I had an argument with my family and I did not return to that address because I knew I would have been arrested.”

He was given four weeks in custody for taking the vehicle and six points for driving it without insurance.

There was no separate penalty for having no licence and the criminal damage.

 

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